Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Another definition of a Haiku

This time by Edward G Seidensticker (from his introduction to 'Snow Country').

'... seek to convey a sudden awareness of beauty by a mating of opposite or incongruous terms.'

'...the classical haiku characteristically fuses motion and stillness.'

e.g. in Snow Country, Kawabata fuses senses 'roaring silence of a winter night' or 'round softness of the sound of running water'

'In the best of the dialogue (in Snow Country) one brief sentence, often a double entendre, is exchanged for another.'


Anonymous marly youmans said...

Haven't read Kawabata in many years. I should pick him up again. I don't remember much at this point.

I like those definitions.

Tue Mar 29, 09:08:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Yes, I do too, Marly!

Still struggling through the Kawabata. I can see it's wonderful, but feel frustrated because I know I have little chance in getting all of it.

Tue Mar 29, 09:25:00 pm  

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